Editorial: The endless Greek bureaucracy
Is it possible for a light bulb to reveal all of the failures of the bureaucratic monster than defines the Greek public sector? Whoever bothered reading the story …
Is it possible for a light bulb to reveal all of the failures of the bureaucratic monster than defines the Greek public sector? Whoever bothered reading the story about a municipality’s supply of light bulbs, which was presented at an event organized by the five mayors of Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra, Volos and Ioannina, will literally be surprised to discover the failures of the endless Greek bureaucracy.
Hundreds of signatures, recommendations upon recommendations and objections, intervention of at least two ministers, countless hours lost just for an agency, a municipality in our case, can buy the necessary light bulbs it needs.
For years we have been talking about reforming the state, reducing bureaucracy and simplifying procedures, but nothing ever happens in practice. Laws are passed, decisions are held, but the bureaucratic monster persists unscathed.
However many reservations there might be for the moral integrity of those in power, the establishment of multiple layers of bureaucracy for the protection, presumably, of the public interests ends up causing a huge waste of funds and human resources. Employees who could have been useful in other positions are being wasted in collecting signatures and pestering the people. We have all experienced this when we have to deal with any public service.
If we do not eliminate this bureaucratic monster we will have achieved nothing. What Greek or foreign investor would consider our country when he knows that in order to get his business running, he will have to go through hell on earth and waste time and money to overcome the bureaucratic swamp.
We finally need a minister who will take the decision, with huge personal cost, of abolishing all the regulations that had been introduced for selfish and electioneering purposes, rather then vote for new laws, thus making our life easier. This is not rocket science. All we need to do is invest in the common sense and experiences of other countries that solved such problems decades ago.